Cirrhosis (1261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dull ruby brown with a thick (for a B-wine)skiff floating on top. Aroma isn’t not pleasant (DOUBLE NEGATIVES RULE!!!!) Seems dull!!! Some hazel nut, some sweetness but its limited, malts are muted. WOW this aroma is not sucking me in to want this beer. Taste is malty but thin. Hints of a great beer but all hidden in a dull fog of nothingness. Some spice, hidden plum, dull hop bite. Zero trace of the 10% this beer could get me in trouble. What a truly underwhelming beer with not one bad thing about it.
gramity (1573) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown with a beige head that receded quickly. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, and bread. Not too powerful. The taste was sweet caramel malt with some dark fruits and doughy bread. There was plenty of toffee. It was a little warming but did not seem to be 10% judging just on taste and mouthfeel. As a newbie to Barley Wines this seemed to be a good introduction.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trainwreck? That’s what I thought last night when I pulled it out of the fridge so I put it back for a Friday night. Bottle. Dark copper but clean and thin enough that you can see through. Very thin head. Light woody hop nose with light alcohol not considering the ABV. Much thicker malt flavour is surprising and very pleasant. Light malty toffee up front turns quickly to dark coffee-chocolate toffee flavour. A hint of candy and fruit in the finish. A very light 10%,. Malty and delicate at the same time. Very nice. Kind of a Double ESB if not a really complex BW.
pintbypint (2938) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. 2011 vintage. Deep amber colour, thick and creamy cap that is off white in colour. Lots of clinging lace. Nose has a bright sweet citrus element featuring peels of orange and lemon, slight perfumey. Flavour has toffee malt, light nuttiness, suggestion of earth, finishes with a leafy hearbal tone. Relaxed bitterness. Smooth drinker, the 10% alcohol is integrated well, this never feels like a boozy or heavy brew, although it is full bodied. Carbonation is pretty soft and even. Overall I enjoyed this brew, it’s not as bold as some of it’s American counterparts, bitterness level was a little underwhelming, but considering it’s price point ($7.99 cnd) this is a beer that is more than welcome in my fridge. Can’t see this aging particularly well, but I like my barlewyines young anyway.
sseb69 (1653) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 650 ml. Vancouver. 10%. Couleur brune foncé rougeâtre, mousse beige crémeuse. Arôme de malt caramel, porto, fruits. En bouche, douce et soyeuse, alcool, fruits rouges mûrs, caramel. Finale sans amertume, malt et un peu d’herbe. Très bonne.
reebtogi (4808) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color vigorously with 2 fingers of off-white head which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Mild aroma of caramel. Taste is much better with a full malty sweetness and enough bitter hoppiness to balance things out and some alcohol to warm things up on a cold winter’s day. This is a solid barley wine which I truly enjoyed.
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
What an oddly appropriate name. Aroma is light malt with no hop presence, suggesting a nice english style. Flavour is light malts, moving into herbal/vegetal flavours in the middle? Finish is somewhat sweet. No strong malt presence, no caramel. The alcohol is very mellowed and almost undetectable, very little warming. I know Matt’s heart is in the right place, but...
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma quite sweet, spices, caramel, butterscotch, slight dark fruit. Taste quite malty, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, pine, cereal. MF medium body fine carb. Very balanced tasty with a good malt body balance by bitter very well done. Thanks Manuchamp!!!
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, vintage 2010
Dark amber color, clean, with a generous creamy head. Very light malt aroma in the beginning; then some nice creamy and cheesy aroma appears, and this is more interesting. The mouthfeel is very soft, the body is well built and round; there is some malt and caramel flavor but not impressive; correct bitterness, but without noticeable hop character.
A good powerful drink, but hardly a Barley Wine, not American nor English, without the necessary Barley mellow flavor.
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay. Pours a dark brown body with a medium, dissipating beige head. Fairly thin in texture and really doesn’t display the characteristics of a 10% ABV barleywine at all. Fig and toffee notes with a strange cantaloupe undertone. Lacking complexity, some dough notes. To me this seems like a fortified doppelbock . Very cloying and one-dimensional. Seems the Phillips barleywine loses some of its character each year?